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UPDATE: DeWine Says Walmart Suspect Carrying MK-177 BB/Pellet Rifle
BEAVERCREEK -- We've learned the man shot and killed by police inside the Beavercreek Walmart was waving a pellet gun.
The attorney general's office says John Crawford the third was waving around a MK-177 Crosman pellet gun.
It's known as a variable pump air rifle.
We spoke to a local gun shop to see if the pellet gun could be mistaken for a real one.
This is a picture of the MK-177 Crosman BB/Pellet Rifle from the manufacturer's web site.
They have two different colors a tan and a black.
"It looks real, I've been in the service it looks real," said Gary Harris.
"The Crosman series is mimicked after a real life gun similarly it looks like a Bushmaster ACR, you can query that online, it looks almost entirely the same including the color whether that's black or earthtone," said David Becker, Owner of Miami Armory.
In the 911 call to dispatchers the caller says he saw Crawford waiving the gun around and pointing it at children.
Once officers arrived, they say Crawford refused to comply with their commands and he was shot and killed.
"In the absence of an orange tip on the top you wouldn't be able to tell even at 10 feet what it looks like," said Becker.
"You don't know, you don't know what's real, it looks real, the manufacturer shouldn't make it to look that real," said Harris.
We've confirmed Walmart does sell the same model of pellet gun that Crawford was holding, but at this time it's not known if he brought it into the store with him, or if it was one off the shelves.
We spoke to his girlfriend yesterday who says he didn't bring anything in with him.
"He wasn't armed, by no means, we were playing walking through the store I even grabbed him by his shirt where you could see his waistline he didn't have anything on him at all," Tasha Thomas, Crawford's girlfriend.
We called around to some Walmart stores and was told they no longer had the MK-177 Crosman on their shelves, and this morning were told to take them down.
However, we spoke to Walmart's corporate office who tells us they gave no directive to do so.
COLUMBUS -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says 22-year-old John Crawford III of Fairfield was carrying an MK-177 (.177 caliber) BB/Pellet Rifle, manufactured by Crosman. It is known as a "variable pump air rifle," DeWine said.
DeWine released this information after the Beavercreek Police Department asked his office to investigate Tuesday night's shooting of Crawford by a Beavercreek police officer.
Witnesses say Crawford was pointing the gun at customers, including children and police say, once confronted, he didn't comply with orders to drop the weapon. He was then shot and killed.
UPDATE: Coroner Says Walmart Suspect Died from Gunshot to Torso
BEAVERCREEK -- The Montgomery County Coroner's Office confirmed that 22-year-old John Crawford III of Fairfield died of a gunshot wound to the torso.
They provided no additional information.
Shooting Suspect's Girlfriend: He Wasn't Armed When We Entered Walmart
BEAVERCREEK -- Police say they got a 911 call saying there was a man inside the Walmart, waiving a rifle-like weapon around and pointing it at kids.
The call to dispatchers, plays out moment by moment what was happening inside.
"There is a gentleman walking around with a gun in the store," said the caller to 911 dispatchers.
That's the call to 911 dispatchers that alerted Beavercreek Police.
"Is he got it pulled out?" said the dispatcher.
"Yeah, he's like pointing it at people," said the caller, "He's like loading it right now."
Beavercreek Police say two of their officers arrived on scene within three minutes and you can hear what happened next.
"Commotion, screaming... "Sir what's going on now?" asked the dispatcher, "Gunshots in the store," said the caller.
Gunshots rang out.
Police say two officers shot 22-year-old John Crawford III of Fairfield.
"He went around the corner he wasn't gone for maybe five minutes on the telephone," said Tasha Thomas, Crawford's girlfriend, "The next thing I know, we were all being shoved out the store saying someone was just shot."
We spoke to Crawford's girlfriend who says he was in town for a cookout and they went to Walmart to get supplies to make s'mores.
"He wasn't armed, by no means, we were playing walking through the store I even grabbed him by his shirt where you could see his waistline he didn't have anything on him at all," said Thomas.
The two officers involved in the shooting Tuesday night, Sgt. David Darkow and Officer Sean Williams.
Williams was involved in a deadly shooting in 2010.
We were there when Beavercreek Police shot and killed 45-year-old Scott Brogli, after officers say Brogli was chasing his wife with a kitchen knife.
That shooting was ruled justified.
But for Crawford's family, they don't believe officers should have shot him.
"He didn't do anything wrong," said Thomas, "We walked in Walmart together and apparently we didn't walk out of Walmart together."
Beavercreek Police asked the Attorney General's Office to do its own criminal investigation of the incident.
Right now, Beavercreek Police say through their preliminary investigation they believe the officers acted appropriately.
BEAVERCREEK -- We're learning more about what happened inside the Walmart in Beavercreek. Beavercreek Police gave a brief statement around 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Beavercreek Police tell us they got a call into 911 telling them a man was inside the Walmart waiving a rifle-like weapon around at customers and kids.
Two officers responded within three minutes, ran inside and found the suspect.
"Officers confronted the subject inside the store area near the pet supplies holding a rifle. The officers gave verbal command to the subject to drop the weapon.
"The subject later identified as John Crawford was shot after failing to comply with the officer's commands," said Chief Dennis Evers, Beavercreek police Department.
Sgt. David Darkow and officer Sean Williams were the two involved in the shooting.
Right now, police say the shooting appears justified.
Officer Sean Williams was involved in a deadly officer-involved shooting in 2010. That one was also ruled justified.
A woman from Fairborn also passed away, but she was not shot.
Beavercreek Police say she suffered some sort of medical condition after all of the commotion inside.
We also spoke to the suspect's family before the news conference.
They tell us John Crawford was in Beavercreek with his girlfriend for a cookout, and she says they had gone to Walmart to get supplies for s'mores.
She says Crawford wasn't armed when he walked inside the store with her.
"We walked in the store, we were playing, neither one of us was armed at all and he got a phone call, walked away from me and after that, I didn't get to see him no more," Tasha Thomas, Crawford's girlfriend.
The Walmart is now open to the public.
We also spoke to Crawford's father, he didn't want to talk on camera at this time. He did say his son had just turned 22 last week, and left behind two small kids.
Beavercreek Police have asked that the Attorney General's Office do its own criminal investigation into the shooting. At this time, though, they say the preliminary investigation shows the officers acted appropriately.
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